bee is a new pop band with a set of sinfully catchy and rocking melodies. It is the brainchild of faceman Nicholas Markos, who has built a significant reputation with solo records and performances.
If you think Bon Iver, Steely Dan, or Smashing Pumpkins are the greatest band of all time, you're probably in the wrong place. But if you love U2, David Gray, Pete Townshend, The Killers, or Van Morrison, prepare to dig these melodies.
Markos's live-performance credits include opening sets for Bob Dylan, Curve, Melissa Etheridge, The The, the Violent Femmes, Todd Rundgren, Roger McGuinn, Squeeze, Glenn Frey, 10,000 Maniacs, and many others.
Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune calls him "one of Chicago's Most Promising Performers," and Jim DeRogatis of the Chicago Sun-Times said of his most recent work, "A slave to no genre, the ridiculously prolific Nicholas Markos brings to mind a hipper underground version of David Gray. He could be dangerous."
bee features a powerful cast of musicians, including drummer Todd Sucherman (Brian Wilson, Styx), bassist Eddie Carlson (Poi Dog Pondering), backing vocalist Kathy Jo Warden, drummers Mike Zelenko (Material Issue), Howie Kantoff (Poster Children), Mark Schwarz (David Singer & the Sweet Science), and Matthew Payne (Hot Glue Gun).
Fresh, sing-along melodies like the driving hook of "Birdy Deluxe Superstar" and the inspiring "Oh Yeah Come On Take It Easy Baby It's Alright" are irresistible hits that make you want to put the top down and turn up the radio on a summer day.
released September 1, 2005
Nicholas Markos: vocals, guitars, bass, keyboards, programming, percussion
Matthew Payne: Drums, backing vocals, percussion
George Kalantzis: Guitar, backing vocals, percussion
Marcos Sueiro: Keyboards, backing vocals, percussion
Kathy Jo Warden Varco: vocals
Ken Janssen: Percussion
Mark Schwarz: bass
Nikki Rich: vocals
Melinda Banks: vocals
Eddie Carlson: bass
Howie Kantoff: Drums
Mike Zelenko: Drums
Todd Sucherman: Drums
Engineering & Recording Oversight
Timothy Powell at MetroMobile Recording
The Hitmaker at the beehive
Ken Janssen at The Chancellor Studios
Marcos Sueiro at World of Wires
Mastering by Mark Schwarz.